ERIC Number: ED053539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Broadcasting and Government; Responsibilities and Regulations.
Emery, Walter B.
The role of governmental agencies in the control of wire and radio communication, especially broadcasting, is explained. A major portion of the book concerns the broadcast spectrum, its character and utility for communications, and the technical rules which govern the allocation of radio frequencies and their use by various classes of stations, e.g. AM and FM, as prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The book also deals with regulation: Governmental requirements which must be met to get a license, responsibilities which must be assumed, and conduct which must be avoided in order to keep a license. In addition to the regulatory history of toll television and cable television, new policies and court decisions relating to the "fairness doctrine," the definition of obscenity in programming, regulatory trends toward monopolistic practices, diversification and divestiture of station ownership, and new guidelines for license renewals are covered. The Communications Act of 1934 and recent amendments are reproduced, and the history of the FCC is covered. (JK)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Broadcast Industry, Cable Television, Commercial Television, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Guidelines, Mass Media, Programing (Broadcast), Radio, Telecommunications, Television
Michigan State University Press, P.O. Box 550, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 ($12.50)
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Identifiers: Communications Act 1934; Federal Communications Commission